Make Your Own Lace Scarf!



This next D.I.Y. is incredibly cute and easy too! Kinsey made this ruched scarf with a pretty polka dotted lace. You don't need to own a sewing machine for this project and it only takes about 30 minutes to complete! Great gift idea? I think so.  




1. Supplies Needed: You'll need a large strip of lace fabric appx 3 yards long x 12 inches wide, white embroidery thread, and scissors. 2. Cut fabric to size. Remember, depending on the size of the ruffles, your scarf length will be between 1/2-1/3 as long as your fabric is. Then, we started our first ruffle 2 inches from the side. We simply secured the first stitch with a knot and started stitching every 1/4 of an inch. (For larger ruffles make your stitches 1/2 or 1/3 of an inch) 3. Once there were a few stitches we lightly pulled our thread tight, causing the fabric to ruffle. When making the ruffles we made sure to not pull the thread too tight, but leave it slightly loose so that the ruffles are more spread out. The tighter your thread the shorter the scarf! 4.We did this until we got all the way to the end of the fabric, and then repeated the process on the other side to make two separate ruffles with about 8 inches in between. ♥ 




Here are three cute ways to style this scarf! I think it would be really cute with a school boy blazer and it's a piece that could transition into spring with a sundress too. 




I hope you have fun creating your ruched lace scarf! XO, elsie + kinsey


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  • Just found some vintage lace, and I don’t have a sewing machine. I will have to try this! Great tutorial!

  • I definitely made this and it is SO worth it! It looks great and goes with EVERYTHIING! Thanks for the great DIY guys!!!!

  • I am in love with this scarf, but having trouble finding lace that is similar to yours. Can you tell me where you got the fabric?

  • any good suggestions on where to get cute lace? I found just the simple lace and bought some to try this scarf, but love the polka dot lace shown.

  • I am so going to do this for my homemade secret santa gift! She’ll love it!

  • adorable! I love it and will have to show this to my crafty girlfriends so we can all make one together!


  • What a great tutorial! I’ve featured this project as part of Simple Crafter’s Simple Craft Tutorials for this week. 🙂

  • Simple genius! One of the finest DIYs I’ve seen here, mostly because I’m actually ready to try it right now.

  • I’m about to make my version now! I don’t have any lace but some lovely purple fabric with tiny gold crowns. Fingers crossed for a lovely turn-out. Thank you for keeping me inspired, and making it accessible for the novice 🙂

  • Your blog is an inspiration. You are a so beatiful girl! who does good things for others persons. When I see your blog i want to do new things. You are an inspiration to me and I am very grateful for that. Elsie

    Kisses and huges from Lima my sweet Elsie!

  • AGH! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was just in the fabric store yesterday looking at some really pretty lace – wishing I knew how to do anything with it.

    You. Totally. ROCK!

  • OMG I love this DIY – thanks so much for showing us how to do it. Lace is so trendy – it can go with just about everything. Love those train track pictures 😉


  • Pinning…

    –Jaclyn T
    Nature Inspired Jewellery

  • What a great idea!! I think I’ll be making one for myself and for sure for my mom, sister-in-law, best friend, other friends, friends of friends…lol! so cute!

  • i love this DIY.
    I want to make so many for christmas!
    one of my goals is to have a handmade christmas.
    thank you!

  • This is a DIY I can get with and not feel intimidated about. Looks great!

  • This is so gorgeous! I really like your choice of fabrication. It’s simple and fast! Ruching with a handle needle! This is inspiring me to make many different kinds of scarf with my mountain of scrap fabric!

    Thanks! Love,

  • I love this!! I am going to make one for my friend for Christmas!! Lovely!!

    Much Love

  • Hey! look at your blog! All new and shiny! i like this tutorial, it looks so cute!

  • So cute. I have a similar scarf, but I bought it. If I had know it was quite easy to do, I’d do it myself.

  • That’s amazing! I love all of your DIY fashions!

    Hope you’re having a great week Elsie Cake!

  • That’s so cute! i’ll try a DIY project and post my it. I’ve never done one but i’d like to try because it’ll help me save. =)

  • Because this scarf is ruched, seams won’t be noticible. You can spend more and get 1 yard of really nice lace, cut it into three strips, and sew them together at the end instead of just buying 3 yards of lace and having tonnes of fabric left over!

  • Great DIY, it’s beautiful!!!

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  • LOVE! I am going to DIY all my girlfriends’ gifts this Xmas & I am so bookmarking this one! Thanks!!

  • Can we have a video tutorial? I’m hopeless when trying to figure these things out. My brain just doesn’t “go there”. Ha! 🙂 LOVE the scarf

  • great idea!

  • wel you can make it completely yourself! lace making is not that hard! they don’t teach it everywhere! i love lace making and after a few lessons, you can make your own scarf

  • Cute! I love this so much! Lovely idea for christmas presents 🙂 It will be a crafty christmas for me this year 🙂

  • I love it <3 today i tried the bow on my hair and it was AMAZING , thanks for your amazing posts

  • this is adorable!!! i’m going to make it soon! i love your blog, i nominated you for the versatile blogger award, pass it on! 🙂

  • This is a great idea and looks fantastic in the photos!

    I think my mom would really love this as a Christmas gift- thanks so much for the idea.

  • This is the coolest scarf project I have seen all day! I just finished working on an infinity scarf myself, but it’s knitted! I was looking for an idea for a fabric/lace scarf, so THANK YOU!

  • Cuteness!! Can I sit in on one of your creative sessions? I am assuming thats what you have to come up with all these little ideas 😉

  • I really really love that! It’s so simple and yet sooo lovely.

    A Collection of Passions

  • Love it! I always find cute scarves when I’m thrifting but I never know how to wear them so I never buy them. Maybe you could do a post on how to style vintage silk scarves. Just a suggestion 🙂

  • great diy that actually looks luxe!

    also, i love kinsey’s turtleneck. they always tend to look so square, but her’s is super cute. any idea where it came from?

  • i am in love with this scarf! i saw the picture on instagram today and was so excited to get the tutorial. i love your pictures, and your blog, and you! 🙂 (i’m amelie522 on IG)

  • super cute!! love this diy! and you have such a lovely blog. now following on bloglovin’!


  • or use elastic thread in the bobbin. it works just like it!! AMAZING!

  • Love this tutorial and love the scarf! I must try this!

    Vira Dee

  • That could be really fun with a “sexy secretary” outfit!

  • This scarf turned out great and looks adorable!


  • Very cute. Are you accepting guest-post DIY projects from other people? I have a few and would love to contribute. Let me know.

    Love the blog!

  • i love this! definitely going to make time to make one!
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  • How totally awesome! I love that it doesn’t require getting the sewing machine out, either. I have one, but I don’t have enough space to just leave it out!

    I have a few friends who would just love a pretty scarf for Christmas! Yay!

  • Super cute! and even better its super easy! thanks for sharing this great idea! <3

  • I think scarves are my latest obsession. I buy them, forget to wear them, but still LOVE them. This is a great project.


  • I found your blog through a pin on pinterest — not this scarf (which is really cute, by the way), but a photo of lovely buttons. I never could find that photo of the buttons on your blog, but I have scrolled through pages and pages and I just wanted to say … I have really enjoyed it. From the vintage fashions to the quirky photos, from the wedding to the mini-golf dates, from the peach tarts to the artsy eye tips, your pages are just filled with fun. I especially like the bee hive tutorial. I’ve always wanted to try one. We’ll see. Thanks for being so willing to share! And if you ever figure out where that button photo is, I’d love for you to let me know. Haha! 🙂

  • I LOVE this! Definitely going to go through my stash for some lace. It’s so pretty!

  • lovely!! i will try this.

    your photos are great, too!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  • Adorable. I have loads of fabric and never thought about making a scarf. How silly is that?

  • That is such a darling scarf, I love it! And the DIY is so easy! I’m excited to make some for Christmas gifts [and a few for myself, hehe]. Thanks for sharing! xx

  • this is such a nifty idea! i love the suggestions for transitioning this from cooler to warmer weather too.

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